Daveson Figueredo will have teammate Henry Cejudo from his former rival when he seeks revenge on Brandon Moreno at UFC 270 on January 22.
Speaking on this week's episode of MMA Fighting's
Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, Figueiredo illustrated why the former two-division UFC would want to be by his side for his trilogy match with King Moreno, who has teamed up with Cejudo in the past. had taken training.
“Brandon Moreno is dirty — that’s all I have to say about him,” Figueiredo said. “He’s dirty. He’s a traitor. When I came to Scottsdale, [Ariz. at the Fight Ready gym,] Henry Cejudo told me about his betrayal. He lived with Henry Cejudo here and then became [Joseph] Benavidez’s sparring partner to fight Cejudo, so that was his biggest betrayal.
“That’s why Cejudo is coming with me [to the fight], to look into his eyes. Cejudo will be in my corner to look at this little punk’s face, and I’ll knock him out. Mark my words.”
“I’m glad to have him by my side,” said Figueiredo, who previously fought to a draw with Moreno before losing the rematch via submission. “That gives me self-confidence. I’m 100 percent focused on this fight, brother. I can’t wait to go back to Brazil and take this belt with me. The fire is burning inside me to enter that octagon and get over with it already.”
“Every predator is calm and patience before he attacks the prey,” Figueiredo said. “I’ve always wanted to go for the kill from start to finish. I got in there to knock them out.”
“Just be patient, and [the UFC] will give him the fight and the purse he’s asking for,” Figueiredo said. “He deserves it, too. Guy has a name. It’s all about numbers, right? He’s working non-stop, staying in shape. He’s moved up a division, so he can’t look thin like people think, he has to adapt to this new weight. Numbers will decide. Lock the cage [if they ever reach a deal] and he’ll be there inside the octagon.”
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